It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our area. The stores have rolled out the holiday decor and baking supplies and it’s been a frigid November. There’s nothing like cold weather to make me think of comfort foods and seasonal decorating. What could possibly be a downside to the season? I’ll tell you! Every year I find myself rushing out at the last minute to pick up some item I have forgotten.  This is my busiest time of the year and I feel constantly pressured by time constraints. Sometimes I feel like I am spending a premium for items I would have gotten on sale any other time of the year when I have more time to shop.  That’s why I have teamed up with Shopular to give you easy ideas, crafts and recipes to make it through the holidays and save money.  What could be better?
simple christmas centerpiece


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I have a secret obsession that only my family knows about, but now I am sharing with the world. I love, love, love high tech television. Whenever we drop by Best Buy, which is often considering how much my son loves his video games, I wander over to the televisions and share with Bryan “the next television I want for our home.” He has listened patiently as I explain how I want to turn my office into an all purpose room with the computer, stereo system and an awesome TV. He wasn’t too surprised when I spotted the LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV and declared, “This is my next television!”
Best Buy

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This post is part of a campaign with MomTrends, but our love of Hickory Farms is all our own.

“Are you sure Santa likes clean houses?” my daughter, then four, asked. “Absolutely positive,” I replied, as we set about our annual Christmas cleaning.  Having holiday traditions is important. My kids, who have always liked structure, have activities we participate in year after year.  While they don’t like the traditional cleaning,  they are quick to remind me of the need to visit the Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving for our annual tree cutting,  when we need to display the Advent calendar and to not forget to buy the ingredients to make reindeer food. We definitely do not need Rudolph going hungry!
Hickory Farms gift basket

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Long before I was diagnosed with celiac, I was addicted to corn dogs. Whether they were full-size, mini, or the kind that’s actually sausage wrapped in pancake batter, I would ask my mom to make corn dogs for me at least once or twice a week. I still have fond memories of my mom, my little brother, and me sitting around the kitchen table after school, sharing a plate of mini corn dogs- dipped in mustard for me and mom, and ketchup for my little brother. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease back in 2012, corn dogs were one of the things I had to cut out. You’d think that “corn” dogs wouldn’t have wheat in them, but one of the main ingredients was flour- just like everything else. I hadn’t had a corn dog in two years when my mom surprised me with a package. It was gluten-free corn dogs from Foster Farms!
gluten free corn dogs from foster farms


Chocolate Nut Brittle Recipe #GoNutsForNuts

by Pam on November 17, 2014

This #GoNutsForNuts has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CollectiveBias

Every year I make candy and snack gift baskets for friends and family during the holidays. If I try to get out of gift baskets I am hounded by disappointed people. “So…when are you making your candy gift baskets this year?”  “You know how much I am looking forward to having a candy gift basket.”  “Have you made your candy gift baskets yet?” Obviously, there’s no pressure, right? Because I get bored with the same candy favorites every year I try to add a new one to the mix.  This year, while browsing at Walmart, the Planter’s Sleigh display with their seasonal offerings, including the Holiday Collection Tin, caught my eye. I had a recipe for Chocolate Nut Brittle I wanted to try and this seemed like the perfect time to make a batch.  I can only describe this brittle in one word—amazing.  I think it is the most delicious thing I have ever made. This recipe takes a little effort but the end result is worth it.
chocolate nut brittle

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Gluten Free Rosemary Garlic Cheddar Biscuits #DrinkTEN

November 16, 2014

This #DrinkTEN shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CollectiveBias Thanksgiving at my house is a hectic time of year. I spend days cleaning my house to make sure it is mother-in-law clean while still preparing a dinner for twenty. When my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac, [...]

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Egg Battered Rosemary Chicken Breast Recipe

November 15, 2014

Did you know the new Purina Beyond Simply 9 dog food is based on nine natural, recognizable ingredients plus vitamins and minerals? The Purina chef, Amanda, develops Beyond inspired natural recipes based on these formulas for humans too! I planned to try her Egg Battered Rosemary Chicken Breast  recipe for weeks, along with a picture [...]

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